The Samsung Galaxy S8 Oreo update could have a tremendous impact on your phone’s performance. While most of you are fine installing the Android 8.0 Oreo update (or a new Oreo build) when it arrives, others might benefit from waiting a few hours, a few days, or longer before transitioning from one version of Android to the next.
Samsung’s Galaxy S8 Android Oreo update is live and it’s rolling out to Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+, and Galaxy S8 Active users across the globe. If you haven’t received the Android Oreo update yet, there’s a good chance your update is right around the corner.
If you’ve followed the Galaxy S8 Android 8.0 update’s path to release you know the firmware delivers a long list of changes to the company’s former flagships.
Changes on board include a new Color Lens feature, upgrades to Samsung DeX, improvements to Samsung Cloud, new emojis, and some other big changes to the stock keyboard.
The Samsung Galaxy S8 Oreo update is sizable download due to these changes. The update is right around 1.5GB for most Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+, and Galaxy S8 Active models.
If you haven’t kept up with Android updates, you’re looking at a more substantial download and a longer installation process because you’ll likely be forced to download updates you skipped before you can download Android Oreo on your phone.
The Samsung Galaxy S8 Android 8.0 Oreo update is a major release and an operating system change can have a profound impact on your phone’s performance. While some of you might see a boost, others might see performance take a hit.
Samsung Galaxy S8 Oreo problems include severe battery drain, issues with connectivity including Bluetooth and GPS, issues with apps, lag, lock-ups, and more.
Samsung and its carrier partners are rolling out bug fixes to address these issues, but these new Oreo builds could have a negative effect on your phone’s performance so you’ll need to be careful.
There are plenty of reasons to install the Android 8.0 Oreo update (or a new Oreo build if you’re already running Oreo) when it arrives for your Galaxy S8. That said, there are some reasons why you might want to take a rain check.
This guide will take Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+, and Galaxy S8 Active users through the best reasons to, and not to, install Android 8.0 Oreo right now.
Install Oreo If You Want to Improve Your Security
If you value your security, and we assume all of you do, you should think about installing the Galaxy S8 Oreo update soon after it arrives for your phone.
Samsung continues to release important security patches for Galaxy-branded devices and your Galaxy S8's Android 8.0 Oreo update should bring the latest patches from Samsung, and Google, to your phone.
The Galaxy S8 Android Oreo update delivers the company's latest security updates and we expect upcoming releases to come with newer security patches.
If you're curious about Samsung's security updates, you can read more about the changes on Samsung's website.
If you failed to download an older security update from another month, you'll get those patches when you go to install Android Oreo on your Galaxy S8 for the first time.
The Galaxy S8 Oreo update also comes with security improvements to Samsung Pay, Samsung's popular mobile payment solution. If you use Samsung Pay, you should probably download the Android Oreo update soon after it arrives for your phone.
It also comes with some enhancements to Find My Mobile including the ability to remotely back up Secure Folder to Samsung Cloud when you lose your phone and a way to lock up Samsung Pass using Find My Mobile.
On top of those features, Oreo comes with enhancements to the device's Biometrics. Features that use biometrics like your face, fingerprints, and irises are only available when you use a secure screen lock type (pattern, PIN, or password).
If you decide to switch to a non-secure screen lock type (Swipe or None), the device will automatically suspend biometric authentication for unlocking and for verification in apps like Samsung Pay and Samsung Pass.